Install standalone OneDrive for Business (formally SkyDrive Pro)

Ok, so this has bothered me for some time – until now, there has been standalone OneDrive for Business SkyDrive Pro client. Users have had to install Office 2013 to experience the new way of synchronising files with SharePoint.

The reason it has bothered me is that it is such a limitation to require the client to be installed in this way. For most organisations, it is just not feasible to install the latest and greatest software from day one due to budgets and wider IT constraints, resources and policies where software has to be tested, licensed and patched for example.

Let’s put that aside now as I’m really happy to see that Microsoft released a standalone installer for the OneDrive for Business SkyDrive Pro client earlier this week.

Download

The standalone OneDrive for Business client is available on the Microsoft Downloads site. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the client are available.

The client can also be installed alongside previous versions of Office and can be used to synchronise libraries from SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365.

Determining the version of your SharePoint Online servers

If you need to check what version of SharePoint server your Office 365 tenant is running especially during the Office 365 and SharePoint Online service upgrade (aside from checking through the Admin Portal via https://portal.microsoftonline.com) then you can add the following /_vti_pvt/service.cnf to the end of your SharePoint site – as shown below.

https://jcallaghan.sharepoint.com/_vti_pvt/service.cnf

The page will output two lines of text from which we can determine the version of the SharePoint servers. If the second row starts with 14 then you are running SharePoint 2010, if it starts with 15 then you are running SharePoint 2013.

/_vti_pvt/service.cnf output displayed
/_vti_pvt/service.cnf output displayed

SharePoint Online on SharePoint 2010 servers:

vti_encoding:SR|utf8-nl
vti_extenderversion:SR|14.0.0.6120

SharePoint Online on SharePoint 2013 servers:

vti_encoding:SR|utf8-nl
vti_extenderversion:SR|15.0.0.4454

After the service upgrade, you may be running SharePoint 2010 on SharePoint 2013 servers (technically known as 14 mode) until you upgrade your site collections to SharePoint 2013 (15 mode).